Re­venge porn fears as nude images of fe­male of­fi­cer shared on­line

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Harry Yorke

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer may have been a vic­tim of re­venge porn, with a force open­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into ex­plicit pho­to­graphs shared on­line.

The Po­lice Ser­vice of North­ern Ire­land (PSNI) is in­ves­ti­gat­ing how images of a fe­male of­fi­cer ended up on the in­ter­net, amid fears that they pose a risk to her se­cu­rity.

It is un­der­stood that the images, which have been shared hun­dreds of times, may have been first up­loaded via What­sapp, the so­cial me­dia app.

The Daily Tele­graph un­der­stands that the images are be­ing dis­trib­uted and passed among pri­vate groups of peo­ple with Uk-reg­is­tered num­bers. It is un­clear how the images were ob­tained, al­though it is feared that they may have been stolen from a per­sonal elec­tronic de­vice in a cy­ber hack or shared with­out her per­mis­sion.

A spokesman for PSNI de­clined to com­ment on whether the in­ci­dent was be­ing treated as an act of re­venge porn. In a state­ment is­sued yes­ter­day, Chief Insp Keith Jack­son said: “Po­lice are cur­rently work­ing to estab­lish the ori­gins of a num­ber of images posted across so­cial me­dia sites over re­cent days. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is cur­rently un­der way.”

PSNI of­fi­cers have been warned pre­vi­ously to be aware of their on­line safety to pre­vent their de­tails fall­ing into the hands of ter­ror­ists or be­com­ing a black­mail risk.

Al­though there is no of­fi­cial PSNI code of con­duct for of­fi­cers when us­ing so­cial me­dia, there is a cor­po­rate pol­icy that warns of the risks.

The PSNI also pro­vides pub­lic guid­ance on its web­site, warn­ing against shar­ing per­sonal in­for­ma­tion or images with strangers or post­ing nude or nearly nude images or videos.

“It may seem like a bit of fun with friends at the time but there is al­ways a chance those images could be shared or get into the wrong hands and could lead to harm­ful sit­u­a­tions such as stalk­ing, abuse or black­mail,” it says.

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